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I don't have it yet, but I think we're getting a new parakeet soon. It won't be a handling type, but just one to enjoy his or her sounds and antics. It is full grown and not tame. But it needs a home. I'm happy to give it one. The nursing home I visit is trying to get rid of some, because there are too many in their little aviary. So, next week I'll bring one home.
They've been well cared for and are active and playful. I may ask for two so nobody will get lonely. If they can't give me two, I will look for another one. When they've spent their lives with other birds, being alone would be hard on the poor little thing.
I'd been thinking about getting a bird for some time now. Then it struck me to go the rescue route. Even pet birds need homes sometimes.
So, I looked up the rescue place in Kansas. It's up near or in Kansas City. I pulled up the form for applying to adopt a bird. I decided this wasn't for me. They want too much personal information and sound intrusive.
First they want my driver's license number. No, I'm not giving them that. I'd show it to them, but they have NO need to have my DL number recorded. If they had a need to have my DL in order for me to adopt a small bird from them, that would be okay, but nope, there's no need. We had a relative have her identity stolen from forms she filled out while looking for an apartment. So, I don't give out that kind of info unless there is some compelling reason.
They also wanted our ages, like that is any of their business. How can my age make a difference in whether I can care for a bird or not? As long as I'm not a minor, then it shouldn't matter.
Then they not only want to inspect your house to make sure it is suitable for you to take in their rescue bird, but they want you to sign to agree that they can make multiple inspection visits after you adopt the bird. What? No, that is intrusive. I welcome company, but not home inspections for goodness sake!
THEN, as if that isn't already too much, they want you to agree to let them know if you can no longer care for the bird (like if you die) and they want to have the say on who gets your bird, or not. So, if your relative took in your pet bird, then the rescue place might want to inspect their home too.
Now, Larry and I are animal lovers and we'd be good to any pet we took in. But we are not willing to sign over those kinds of rights to people we don't even know, just to take in a bird in need.
It struck me as odd that here's a couple, us, who are good to their pets, who would be willing to take in a poor rescue bird, and they won't let us because we refuse to give them personal information they don't need, and refuse to let them do multiple inspection visits.
I wrote to them and told them that it goes both ways, that if I am to consider adopting a needy bird from them, I will need a tour of the facility where the birds are kept. I will want to see their credentials that make them qualified to do these rescues, and will want to know who their veterinarian is. Needless to say, they have not written back. Of course I don't DO that kind of thing, but felt that if they are going to make so many demands of prospective adoptive bird people, that it would be appropriate that we be just as vigilant.
I decided that if we're supposed to have another bird, one would show up, and here we are! I found one the parakeets quite by accident. If somehow it isn't available anymore by the time I get back over there, then I'll just wait. Another will show up, or it won't.